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Brown Banded Cockroach Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from brown banded cockroaches by learning techniques for identification and control.

Brown banded cockroach illustration
Supella longipalpa
11 to 14.5 mm
Light brown or tan
Transverse bands on wings


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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Brown Banded Cockroaches


  • Size: one of the smallest of the invasive cockroaches, the adult brown-banded cockroach may reach 11 to 14.5 mm in length.

  • Color: These colorful roaches received their name from the light brown or tan transverse bands that are present on the wings of the adult and across the body of the young, or nymphs.

More information about their colors.


Brown-banded cockroaches prefer dry and warm locations and can be found inside cabinets, pantries and closets. They can also be found in electronic equipment or around refrigerator motor housings. Brown-banded cockroaches can also hide from humans in a variety of places such as clocks and picture frames. They tend to avoid water sources and are more commonly found near the ceilings of infested homes. Read more information about their habitat.


Active primarily at night, the brown-banded cockroach may be seen wandering in search of food during the day.


Brown-banded cockroaches, like other cockroach species, are opportunistic feeders. However, when provided a choice, they have a preference for materials with a higher starch content, such as book bindings, wallpaper glue and stamps.

Life Cycle

An adult brown-banded cockroach can live anywhere from 130 to 315 days, with an average life span of 206 days. During that time, a female brown-banded cockroach will produce approximately 14 egg capsules, or oothecas, during the course of her life. She produces the ootheca, which contains an average of 10 to 18 eggs, carries it for approximately 24 to 36 hours, and then attaches it to the protected underside of a surface until the young hatch. Once the young hatch, the time needed to develop varies greatly depending upon the environmental conditions, ranging from as few as 90 days in ideal conditions or as many as 276 in more harsh environments.

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